Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 268 pages
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Essential reading for the modern Witch
Understanding the Mystery Teachings of Witchcraft is essential for anyone wishing to enrich their Craft. World-renowned author and scholar Raven Grimassi guides readers down the well-worn path to these Mystery traditions by exploring their roots in myths, legends, verses, and lore.
Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition provides a cultural and mythical context that helps readers gain insight into these Mystery themes. Drawing upon the long-standing traditional European Witchcraft and occult concepts and tenets, Grimassi constructs a cohesive mythos that supports and unifies the Sabbats and their associated deities. Also provided are techniques for aligning with the momentum of the past, a powerful current of knowledge and energy available to all Witches.
  

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Contents

Introduction
xv
Witchcraft and the Old World
1
Prehistoric Religion
4
The Ancient World
7
Witchcraft in Ancient Greece and Rome
10
Witchcraft and the World of Northern Europe
13
The Witches World
15
The Mystery Tradition in Modern Witchcraft
19
The Moon Tree
145
The Powers of Light and Darkness
149
The Witches Sabbats
153
Samhain
157
Winter Solstice
160
Imbolc
163
Spring Equinox
166
Beltane
169

The Otherworld
21
The Underworld
23
Teachings of the Sacred Tree
27
Fire and Stone The Hearth Teachings
30
The Mythos
35
The Mystery View
37
Nature as the Blueprint
39
The God of the Witches
41
The Horned God
44
The Green Man
50
The Sacred King Slain God
53
The Harvest Lord
59
The Sun God
64
The Child of Promise Divine Child
69
The Underworld God
73
The Hammer Smith God and Lame God
77
The Witches Goddess
81
The Great Goddess
83
The Earth Mother
86
The Moon Goddess
89
The Star Goddess
97
The Underworld Goddess
101
The Crossroads Goddess
104
The Fate Goddess
105
Exploring the Inner Mysteries
109
Standing Stones and Sacred Groves
112
Memory Chain Associations
115
The Inner Mechanism
119
Birth Life and Death
124
The Summerland
126
Reincarnation
130
The Wheel of the Year Mythos
135
The Solar Mythos
137
The Lunar Mythos
138
The Ancient Theme
140
By Seed and Sprout and Stem and Leaf and Bud and Flower
142
Summer Solstice
170
Lughnasadh
172
Autumn Equinox
176
Reviewing the Mythos
181
Occult Principles in Modern Witchcraft
183
The Source of All Things
186
As Above So Below
188
Nature as the Great Teacher
189
Teachings of the Tree
190
Momentum of the Past
192
The Triangle of Manifestation
195
Deity Forms
196
Feminine and Masculine Energy
198
Widdershins and Deosil
200
The Nature of Magical Links
202
The Genetic Memory Factor
203
Interfacing Through Ritual
205
Concerning Magic
208
Ways of the Witch
211
Tradition as Preservation of Interface Portals
212
The Altar
214
The Pentacle Wand Dagger and Chalice
216
Statues as Interface Portals
220
The Circle as an Energy Field
226
The Circle as a Sacred Well
228
Offerings and Veneration
230
Of Time and Season
233
The Harmony of Spirit
235
Skyclad Ritual Practice
236
Returning from the Mysteries
239
Equivalent Deities
251
Baphomet the Sabbatic Goat
253
The View from Colleges and Cauldrons
255
Bibliography
260
Index
265
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About the author (2004)

Raven Grimassi is a Neo-Pagan scholar and award-winning author of more than eighteen books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism. He has been devoted to the study and practice of witchcraft for over forty years. Raven is co-founder and co-director of the Ash, Birch, and Willow tradition. Grimassi's background includes training in old forms of witchcraft as well as Brittic Wicca, the Pictish-Gaelic tradition, Italian Witchcraft, and Celtic Traditionalist Witchcraft. Raven was also a member of the Rosicrucian Order, and studied the Kabbalah through the First Temple of Tifareth under Lady Sara Cunningham.nbsp;nbsp; Raven currently lives in New England with his wife and co-author Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi. Together they direct The Fellowship of the Pentacle, a modern Mystery School devoted to preserving pre-Christian European spirituality.nbsp;nbsp;

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